Arts Convenor Blog June 11th 2020
Looking at the first art works put up on the Arts Page I am struck by the power that colour and shape has to influence mood. These are four abstract landscapes which speak to our interior minds by reference to the outside world. You cannot say directly ‘what they mean’ in words but you can feel meaning and significance when you allow yourself to move into the flat canvas and colour bathe. It is how God touches us sometimes, without words but through his presence.
Poems of course are by their nature all words, words designed and laid out to speak meaning into our ears. Be attentive, focussed. Hear the story and look at the images in your mind’s eye. The meaning is in different places; in the message the poet wants to bring; in the effect the act of reading and understanding has on you the reader; in the connections God makes for you in that moment. Reading a poem is an act of creation. Your life will never be the same again.
Sculpture, now there is something you want to touch, be close to or admire from afar. Figurative sculpture can move to tears. Does this work in a photograph? Or is that too far removed; from human to sculptor, sculpture to photograph, your retina to your imagination? What is lost? Is something gained? Let me know what you think.
Afterthought: Art and poetry. Look, read, meditate. We have subjects for lectio and visio divina here. Let them show themselves.